July 26, 2015 by Amy Gold
During the week of July 19, 2015, fans bade a final farewell to famed songwriters Perry "Buddy" Buie and Wayne Carson. Buie is best remembered for his work with the Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Carson penned many oldies classics for other bands and artists that included "The Letter," "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower," and "Always On My Mind."
"Little Anthony" Gourdine of Little Anthony And The Imperials has a series of shows lined up on the East Coast beginning later this month in Riverhead, NY. Vanilla Fudge, The Zombies, and Meat Loaf will all be launching U.S. tours beginning, respectively, this August, September, and October.
Vanilla Fudge just released a limited-edition vinyl version of its latest album, "Spirit Of '67." Due out this August are: a reissue of an album from 1981 by Greg Lake titled "Live '81," a new Faces box set titled "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-1975)," and the soundtrack for the new movie, "The Diary Of A Teenage Girl," which features various songs from the 1960s and 1970s.
Also that week, it was announced that the black jacket worn by Ringo Starr in "Help!" sold for over $46,500 at auction. Little Anthony recently published a memoir titled "Little Anthony: My Journey - My Destiny." Bill Withers and Tom Waits will be serving as judges in this year's International Songwriting Competition. Also, a new documentary titled "Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade - Under Review 1977-1987" will be coming out this September.
Finally, July 25, 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of a turning point in pop music history when Bob Dylan set aside his acoustic guitar and "went electric" at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
(For more information about the above-listed news items, please see below for a list of sources with links and article summaries.)
Below is a preview of the new Lynyrd Skynyrd album, "One More For The Fans," due out on July 24, 2015.
July 19, 2015: Songwriter Perry 'Buddy' Buie Passes Away
Songwriter and producer Perry "Buddy" Buie died on July 18, 2015 at age 74 of a heart attack at a hospital in Dothan, AL. A prolific songwriter, he is best remembered for his work with the Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. Born in Marianna, FL, Buie's first success came in 1964 with "Party Girl," a song he co-wrote with William Gilmore which became a minor hit for Tommy Roe. In 1967, Buie began his long association with guitarist James ("J.R.") Cobb of the Classics IV (and later, the Atlanta Rhythm Section) and co-wrote many of this group's biggest hits, including "Stormy", "Traces", "Everyday With You Girl," and lyrics for "Spooky," the latter of which was originally an instrumental song by Mike Sharpe. In the early 1970s, Buie became the producer, manager, and main songwriter for the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The group had a long string of hits from 1974-1981 including "So Into You" (1977) and "Imaginary Lover" (1978). In 2010, Buie was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
July 20, 2015: So What's Up With Little Anthony These Days?
On July 22, 2015, "Little Anthony" Gourdine of Little Anthony And The Imperials appeared on ABC's "The View" to discuss his recent memoir, "Little Anthony: My Journey - My Destiny." The following day, he appeared on the HuffPost Live online streaming show and on Fox News' Red Eye with Tom Shillue. He is also recording a new single, "Back To Brooklyn," which will be coming out soon. He also has several shows lined up on the East Coast, most with The Imperials, which begin on July 25 in Riverhead, NY and end on November 12 in Greenburg, PA.
July 20, 2015: ZombiesTo Launch US Fall Tour
The Zombies will soon be launching a U.S. tour with all original members except for Paul Atkinson, who passed away in 2004. This trek is currently set to begin on September 30, 2015 in Dallas, TX and end on October 27 in San Francisco, CA, with additional stops in California and Texas, as well as in Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington State, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin.
July 21, 2015: Songwriter Wayne Carson Passes Away
Famed hit songwriter, country musician, and producer Wayne Carson died on July 20, 2015 at age 72 after suffering from heart disease and other ailments. Born in Denver, CO, Carson began playing guitar and writing songs in his teens and got his first big break in the mid-1960s when Eddy Arnold recorded his song, "Somebody Like Me," which topped the Country charts. Over his long career, Carson penned a long string of pop and country hit songs for other bands and artists that also included "The Letter" (The Box Tops, Joe Cocker), "Neon Rainbow" (The Box Tops), "Do It Again A Little Bit Slower" (Jon & Robin And The In Crowd), "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" (Gary Stewart), and the country classic, "Always On My Mind" (Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley). The latter song earned Carson several Grammys and CMA awards. His many other accolades also included being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1997.
July 21, 2015: Vanilla Fudge To Release Vinyl Version Of 'Spirit Of '67' And Launch Tour
A limited-edition vinyl version of Vanilla Fudge's recently released album, "Spirit Of '67," will be coming out on July 24, 2015. Highlights include the group's cover of various late 1960s classic hits, including Marvin Gaye's "Heard It Through The Grapevine," The Doors' "Break On Through (To The Other Side)," and The Monkees' "I'm A Believer." Vanilla Fudge will also be launching a U.S. tour beginning on August 7 in St. Charles, IL and running through at least November 8 in New York City, with more shows to be announced later.
July 21, 2015: Meat Loaf To Launch U.S. Tour
Meat Loaf will soon be launching a tour that will take the singer to various states across the U.S. This trek is currently set to begin on October 23, 2015 in Temecula, CA and end on November 19 in Englewood, NJ, with six shows scheduled so far, and more to be announced later. Meat Loaf also announced that he plans to release a new album sometime this fall titled "Braver Than We Are."
July 22, 2015: New Soundtrack Features Songs by Heart, T. Rex, Mott The Hoople, And More
The soundtrack for the new movie, "The Diary Of A Teenage Girl," will be coming out on August 7, 2015. This 13-track collection features various songs from the 1960s and 1970s that include
- "If It's Good To You (It's Good For You)" - Barbara & The Browns
- "Looking For The Magic" - Dwight Twilley Band
- "A Fool In Love" - Frankie Miller
- "Dreamboat Annie" - Heart
- "Roll Away The Stone" - Mott The Hoople
- "Next Plane To London" - The Rose Garden
- "Precious Star" - T. Rex
July 22, 2015: Faces Box Set To Be Released
A new Faces box set titled "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-1975)" is due out on August 28, 2015. This collection consists of remastered, expanded versions of the group's four studio albums from 1970-1975 (each including at least two bonus tracks), plus a disc of previously unreleased material. Highlights include such classic hits as "Stay With Me," Ooh La La," and "Cindy Incidentally," as well as live BBC session performances.
July 23, 2015: Greg Lake 1981 Live Album To Be Reissued
On August 7, 2015, an out-of-print album from 1981 by Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is set to be reissued on vinyl and as a digital download. Titled "Live '81," this album captures performances by Lake from a November 5, 1981 concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon. Highlights include covers of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's classic "Lucky Man" and King Crimson's "In The Court Of The Crimson King."
July 23, 2015: Van Morrison Documentary To Be Released
On September 18, 2015, a new Van Morrison documentary that focuses on his career from the late 1970s to the late 1080s will be coming out on DVD. Titled "Van Morrison: Another Glorious Decade - Under Review 1977-1987," highlights include rare archival footage and new interviews with those who worked with Morrison.
July 23, 2015: Bill Withers And Tom Waits To Judge 2015 International Songwriting Competition
Bill Withers and Tom Waits are among a panel of top artists and industry executives who will be serving as judges in this year's International Songwriting Competition. This annual competition, which began in 2002 and is open to both amateurs and professionals, awards over $150,000 in cash and prizes and provides an opportunity for songwriters to have their works heard and critiqued.
July 24, 2015: Ringo Starr Jacket Sells For Over $46K At Auction
On July 24, 2015, the black jacket worn by Ringo Starr in the 1965 movie, "Help!," sold for over $46,500 at an auction held by the RR Auction company based in Boston, MA. Other items include signed copies of The Jimi Hendrix Experience album, "Axis: Bold As Love," and the "Hard Day's Night" album cover, which each sold for just over $30,000.
July 25, 2015: Bob Dylan 'Goes Electric' 50th Anniversary To Be Commemorated
July 25, 2015 is the 50th anniversary of a turning point in pop music history when Bob Dylan "went electric" and angered some folk music purists at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. A commemoration of this event is set to take place on July 26 dubbed "65 Revisited." Dylan was invited to participate but reportedly declined.